|To add to the unique character of his paintings, and to give them the very personal touch of a man fortunate to have walked on the Moon ( see Page 7 ), he cuts small pieces from the U.S. flag or from his name tag or the NASA and Apollo 12 mission patches that were sewn on his space suit and fixes them on the textured surface, using a thin acrylic medium. Because Bean and Conrad spent more than seven hours outside the lunar module and got their suits very dirty as they worked, each of the fragments is
|| impregnated with small amounts of lunar dust. As a final touch, Bean adds small pieces from the gold Kapton foil that insulated the command module Yankee Clipper's hatch leading to the lunar module Intrepid. He also adds charred particles from Yankee Clipper's heat shield. Thus the base layer of all of his paintings contain small pieces of his space suit and the command module and also very small amounts of Moon dust. Finally, the paintings, themselves, convey unique memories of an unique era.